Many nonprofit boards still have executive committees. Most of these boards haven’t stopped to consider why they have them or if they really need them. An executive committee may have been a good response when it was difficult for the full board to meet, or when communication was difficult, expensive, or slow. With the options available now to connect groups of people quickly and cheaply, the only reasons for maintaining a separate executive committee are bad ones.
Many boards are bucking conventional wisdom that a board should have twelve to sixteen members. They are discovering the benefits that working with a small group brings.